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Fairy Garden 101



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Now that summer is here and you keep trying to come up with ideas on how to keep the kids busy, we have a simple craft idea that may help. Creating a fairy garden in a flower pot or garden planter.  It can be as simple or a complex as you desire and probably should be based on the kids age and your budget.

A potted fairy garden is such a playful and magical idea for any outdoor space or indoor area.  They are imaginative and creative and can be complex and simple as you desire.  The idea of a fairy garden in a pot is that you add little plants, flowers, & items like picket fences, houses, signs, rocks and pretty much anything you desire, to create a magical place where your home and garden fairies can come and bring good luck and blessing to your home.

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Beachscapes, tea parties, water fairy gardens and so many other ideas you can incorporate to create a theme with. The first step is to come up with your theme. Then assemble the pieces you wish to incorporate into the potted fairy garden.  Always have more than you think you will need. You want the garden to be filled not sparse and having left over items is much easier than the opposite.

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Start by selecting container.  Is this going to be on the ground or on a table as possible a centerpiece?  A low garden bowl makes a wonderful table top fairy garden.  It is easy to move, doesn't take up much space and can be viewed over for dinner time conversations.  A large garden planter sitting on the patio works where you can plant a pygmy palm at the back so it provides a umbrella awning for all the small fairy home and items.  A large tray will work good.

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If you are using live plants versus silk or plastic you will need a container with holes for drainage.  Next assemble your items. Pine cones, shells, marbles, glass rocks, mini rocks, mini terracotta flowerpots, tiny birdhouse, garden bench, wading pools or birds & rabbits. You can find unlimited items at most craft stores.  Stay with your theme and build from there.

Fill the container with potting soil.  Next start with the large items and place them first.  A church, home, birdhouse etc.  Then start to build from there.  Add live plants where they can grow freely and not cover your tiny items.  Usually around the edges of the garden container works best.  Get the kids involved in placing the smaller items.  This is the time to add the fun stuff that will make your potted fairy garden magical.  String of mini twinkle lights, picket fence.

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So we hope this give you some motivation and ideas for collecting your little ones and doing this fun potted fairy garden project.  Share your photos with us and let us know how you did.  Have Fun!

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Tips For Creating A Fairy Pot



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Creating a mini fairy garden in a fun container has become very popular.  They are basically a new take on the old terrarium ideas of years gone by.  What makes these extra special is all the miniature goodies that you get to place in the pot with the plants. Little things like benches, water features, houses, walking paths, stone, mini birdhouses, all things that are miniature and fairy like.

First you want to find the container. We have seen everything from a terracotta clay flower pot to picnic baskets, wheelbarrows, tea cups, boxes, suitcases, purses, colorful glazed garden bowls, metal cans, and pretty much anything you can think of.  Next add soil and please use potting mix not dirt.  Select your plants.  Herbs, ferns, bonsai trees & bushes. Make sure it's miniature and you can keep it small.

Then add your fun and playful accessories.  Seating areas, paths, fences, furniture, and tables. Use natural materials like reeds, rocks, raffia, twigs, bark.  A small mirror makes a great reflecting pool.  You get the idea.

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Fairy Gardens should have a taste of whimsy..  This isn't the time for being realistic. Use seashells, marbles, buttons and bottle caps for stepping stones.  Finish off with a few touches and that should do it.
Keep it clean, watered and replace items as necessary.  These are perfect for a patio table or any garden area where you want a touch of playfulness.

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Make A Hobbit Garden In A Flowerpot



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Making a fairy garden or a hobbit house in a garden planter is fun, magical, and easy to do.  We found this at salisburygreenhouse.com and had to share.

Start by collecting all  items that will be used in the hobbit house pot.  Use our color  bowl planter which comes in many bright beautiful colors. (shown)Get gravel, moss, soil, grass, trees and the fun stuff like a hobbit door, window, chimney, and accessories.  You will need scissors, clippers, hot glue gun, watering can and small brush along with a ton of imagination!

Start by putting a pea sized pebbles in the bottom of the pot to help with drainage. Place the sheet moss over the gravel to help with filtration and to keep the soil from sinking to the bottom.  You will use extra moss to cover the top of your plants.

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Remove 2 small plants from nursery pots and place the plant aside for now.  Glue the bottom of the pot and secure the door and window. Place these aside to dry.

Pull the pot with potting soil and shape it so you have a hill on one side of the pot and a flat surface on the other.  Add your tree to the left side of your hill, right on the edge of your pot.  Now add the door at the base of tree.  Then the window and then grass above the window.

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Lastly fill in the gaps using miniature plants.  Fill in with more soil where needed.  Add your miniature furniture, mailbox and garden bench.  This is where you can get super creative!

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Fairy Gardens and Fun!




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Everyone loves secrets!  Wouldn't it be exciting to create a Fairy Garden that is full of tiny secrets?  Here are a few suggestions.
 
Take a shallow garden pot, like a low bowl or a low cylinder dish and use that as the base for the Fairy Garden.  Make it as large or as small as you like.  We have even seen the top of a birdbath turned into a lovely display.  Filling the base with soil, is the easy part.  Just make sure you use a good potting soil and not garden dirt.  It's better if the container has a drain hole but not totally necessary.

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Now comes the fun part.  You can place a layer of green moss around the top of the soil to create a soft cushion for all the "Fairies" to lay on.  Then start adding the fun stuff.  We have seen miniature doll house chairs, clay pots turned upside down for furniture.  Colorful glass marbles and decorative rocks.  Plant mini greenery and small brightly colored flowers.  Create a mystical and magical place for your fairies to come to.  The possibilities are truly endless when creating something so innocent and sweet!

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Children of all ages love these types of garden/pottery projects.  Hide the container in a secret place in the yard or garden.  Place it on the patio or outside a kitchen window where you can watch for the fairies to land.  Create a playful place for kids to go to and dream about.  Be sure to take photos to preserve these types of memories.

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Arizona Pottery is here to help made those magical moments happen.  Shop our website and find the perfect piece of pottery for the base of your Fairy garden!
 
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Enchanted Gardens




Fairy gardens tickle the imagination.  There's something about these under sized - but perfectly proportioned - gardens and their diminutive denizens that makes us feel a bit like Peter Pan.  Suddenly, we do believe in fairies.

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Fairy gardens are ideal for small space situations, first-time gardeners, and busy people.  Though fairy gardens still need watering and tending, their size makes them faster to create and easier to maintain.

Almost any container can house these little creations.  Small clay pots, glazed saucers, birdbaths, and window boxes.  Its without drain holes work well also, but avoid over watering and cover or protect them in heavy rains.

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Fill the chosen garden container with potting soil mix.  Avoid garden soil because it doesn't drain well.  Choose miniature plants such as mosses, babies tears, sedums, thymes and ivies.  Prune the plants to maintain their small stature.  The most interesting Fairy Gardens create a miniature scene that is completely in scale.  Use small doll furniture and objects.

Place a completed garden where plants receive enough sunlight.  All the soil to dry out before watering.  Over watering will kill plants faster than under watering.  When actively growing, fertilize plants every other week according to package directions.

Finally, relax and have fun.  Fairies have a sense of humor.  Don't be surprised if things seem to change the longer fairies inhabit your garden.

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Ideas:  Live near the sea?  Find a seashell container and cover the potting soil with blue stone to look like water.

Not all magical beings are fairies.  Use a mermaid and place amoung succulents to create a fish tank effect.  Add a venus fly trap for fun.

A rustic woodland setting with mini step stones, garden fence and birdhouse is adorable and creative.

How about using a birdbath and create a world of fantasy by mounding the soil in the center.

Strive for unusual textures from plants such as rippled and variegated peperomias, friendship plants (pilea involucrate), pebbles and river rocks.  It makes a charming village.


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